I’ve been seeing all kind of cute projects involving pennants. I needed something new to hang from the mantel since Seth decided he didn’t love the last one- pinwheels- which lets face it, I had a little animosity towards them as well after the whole stitches thing. Plus, this project required very few supplies and maybe 30 minutes of my time.
What I used:
Large Ric Rac and some scrapbook paper. I also ended up using one sheet of computer paper for my pennant template and staples. You could use any kind of thick ribbon- grosgrain would work well. I happened to hit a deal on a pad of paper for $10 at Joann’s, but you could use any scrapbook paper that is card stock thickness. If you use the thin kind, it would get bent too easily.
I made a template of the size pennant I wanted using computer paper. Simply make a rectangle the width/height you want your pennant to be. On the bottom of the rectangle, mark the center. Draw a line from the two top corners to the center dot and you have a perfect triangle!
Trace your template onto the back of your paper. Then of course you’ll need to cut out each one.
I laid out my ric rac on the floor and laid the pennants along it to determine spacing and how many I would need.
My pennants were 4.5 in. wide so I ended up needing 10 of them to go the length of our fireplace (about 5 ft.) with having about 1 in. of spacing between each of them.
Now, there are several different ways you could choose to attach them to the ribbon- sew them on or use hot glue. I chose the easiest route- staples! Now, by doing this, it left me with bright silver staples standing out against the dark brown ric rac.
This was easily fixed by a dark brown sharpie. Unless someone gets up really close to them, no one will know the difference.
To hang them up, I simply tied a knot on each end and attached them to the underside of our mantel using duct tape (the joys of apartment living!).
I originally thought about doing this in brighter, multi- colored papers, but with the mantel decorations, I didn’t want it to get too busy. I’m glad I made that decision!
This was beyond easy and instantly made our fireplace look less blah. Let me know if you make one, too! I’d love to see other people’s variations.